Feeding the Active Writer: Spicy Garlic Chicken

I have always liked the Spicy Garlic sauce on wings at Buffalo Wild Wings.  The problem with most sauces in most places is the amount of sugar in them.  BWW’s Spicy Garlic isn’t too bad (4 grams net carbs in a small order).  It is, however, enough that I want to carefully watch the rest of what I eat during the day (like I don’t do that already).

There are recipes online that purport to duplicate the taste of BWW’s recipe.  I’ve tried one or two and…frankly, they’re more trouble than they’re worth.  Fortunately, I’ve come up with something simple and quick that falls nicely in the “active writer” aspect–those of us who are crunched for time.  It’s also simple, with only five ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Cooked chicken pieces (see description below)
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp hot sauce of your choice (I like Cholula original)
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup sweetener (any “measures like sugar” type–I use a store brand Splenda equivalent)  Yes, if you’re not low-carb/keto you can use sugar.

The chicken can be any chicken you’d like.  Or you could use pork, or really anything.  Since the sauce is strongly flavored this is a good choice or blander meats. I wouldn’t use it on more flavorful cuts of beef or anything like that.  If you’re a traditionalist, you can use sectioned wings.  I like to get boneless skinless chicken breasts (available for $1.99/lb in 4-6 lb packages at my local supermarket) and bake them until cooked through and store in the refrigerator until needed.  I cut off as much as I need at a time and cut into bite-sized pieces.  6 oz of the cooked pieces makes a nice base for a meal.  Heat it in the microwave and you’re ready for the sauce.

In a small bowl mix the other ingredients.  The amounts given are appropriate for about 6 oz. of small chicken pieces.Adjust as needed for however much chicken you’re coating.  Also, don’t be afraid to adjust the amounts.  If you like it hotter add more hot sauce and reduce the amount of mayonnaise.  Less spicy?  Reverse that.  Like more garlic?  Go ahead.  Do you prefer it sweeter?  Cut back on the hot sauce and add more sweetener. If need be you can add a small amount of water to thin the sauce.

Dump the sauce onto the cooked chicken pieces and stir until the chicken is well coated.

Enjoy.

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